Jennifer Garner & Ben Affleck Make It Official -- They're Getting Divorced

Sad news today from one of our favorite Hollywood families -- Ben Affleck and Jennifer Garner have called it quits after 10 years of marriage. Even though we've been suspecting it for weeks, the announcement is still heartbreaking.

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The couple made their decision public the day after their tenth anniversary on Monday, June 29. They issued a joint statement, saying:

After much thought and careful consideration, we have made the difficult decision to divorce. We go forward with love and friendship for one another and a commitment to co-parenting our children whose privacy we ask to be respected during this difficult time. This will be our only comment on this private, family matter. Thank you for understanding.

Garner, 42, and Affleck, 43, plan to seek mediation for their settlement, according to an insider close to the couple. They share three kids: Violet, 9, Seraphina, 6, and Samuel, 3.

Other sources have said in the past that Jen would retain custody of the children, as Ben considered them "a handful," but I'm sure he'll want to stay as active in their lives as possible.

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We've been suspecting a split for awhile, especially after moving trucks were spotted outside their Los Angeles home last week. Of course we didn't want it to be true, but if this is what they've decided is best for their family, then they deserve the privacy and respect to move on with their lives. 

Divorce is unpleasant in the best of circumstances, but being put under a microscope by the media isn't exactly going to make anything easier. Best of luck to both Ben and Jen as they go through this painful process. 

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